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Venezuelan Government Strengthened Social Missions in 2011

Venezuelan Vice President Elías Jaua said Tuesday that, in 2011, under the leadership of President Hugo Chávez, the Bolivarian Government strengthened its social missions throughout the country with the creation of five new grand projects.

During his annual address to present the achievements of the ministerial cabinet before the National Assembly (a presentation known as “Memoria y Cuenta”) Jaua spoke about the Great Housing Mission of Venezuela created by the executive to remedy the country’s housing deficit.

Jaua said that, during 2011, the Great Housing Mission achieved 97 percent of its projected goal with regard to construction, delivering 150,000 homes to needy families throughout the country by December 31 of last year.

The vice president also noted that, last year alone, Mission Agro-Venezuela provided 123,679 credits to some 650,000 people in order to facilitate agricultural production on 851,000 hectares of land.

Meanwhile, Jaua explained that 51,700 families registered with the Sons of Venezuela Mission, and that these families will receive economic benefits following the completion of a socio-economic study. This program helps pregnant women and teenagers, children and adolescents under 18, and disabled individuals of any age that face critical poverty.

Finally, Jaua said that 105,000 people registered with the Venezuelan Institute of Social Security became part of Mission Higher Love, which automatically provides pension benefits to the elderly in an amount equivalent to the minimum wage of $360 per month.

VTV / Press – Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S. / February 28, 2012

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